You know today didn't start out the best. Last night I attended the Marti Gras party in Roppongi which was excellent by the way. Naturally this morning the head and throat were feeling somewhat delicate. I had a Japanese class at 9.50 and was determined not to miss it. I forced myself to get up and get ready at 8am. Why torture myself like that, well even though the class is two hours later, I like to do a bit of pre-study beforehand in a coffee shop, usually complemented by the huge library that exists on my Ipod - or not as the case turned out.
I picked up my Ipod from its dock where it had spent the night recharging only to discover that it was empty. Yes you heard me right, the lights were all on but noone was home. What the hell was wrong with the bloody thing? Well, I loaded up Itunes but nothing would transfer across. Strange, but no time to investigate further, so I had to endure the Tokyo Monday morning subway hell to the soundtrack of coughing and sniffing and grunting and gasp breathing - utterly gross. I hate listening to the world on the train, its too in your face, I need isolation, I needed to be in my apple cube zone listening to an array of tastefully chosen tracks, anyone who knows me, knows how great my Itunes library is. I forwent my usual post study two hours in Starbucks to come home and sort things out. I turned on my Lacie HD where the Itunes library sits safely - or not. That's right, zip, nothing, just the nasty sound of a grinding hard drive, the equivilant of my old Ford Fiesta dying in the rain on a busy roundabout in England. I'd had the motoring equivilant of a double blow out. I couldn't believe it. My worst fears were confirmed after running Mac OSX's first aid for disks. They were both DOA. I am royally screwed. My backup had let me down. Is there any hope for the future of data protection?
Well once burnt twice shy as they say (I think) so did some research and discovered a hitherto unused function on the Mac. Its called RAID (Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks). This a useful facility for backing up data painlesssly. when you store something on external drive A the writing of the data is mirrored on drive B, thereby automatically creating a safe image in case one of the buggers decides to be the pc world version of an 1970s Italian Car, that is have all the reliability of a 1980s Formula One Ferrari. (hmm that could be a analogy too far, but you get the idea. For more infomation check this link and think about backing up strategies. Well tomorrow its off to the Apple store for another show down with their Genius Bar, those guys must hate the sight of me now. Can't say I'm too fond of seeing them either.